Zine love at first sight! we interviewed Liverpool’s other feminist zine: Heroine. We love them so much that you can buy edition 3 of Heroine on our store. Buy both zines and the shipping for Heroine is only 20p. FACT.
So here they are glorious Heroines:
We love Heroine, but describe your zine to our readers in three words!
making voices louder!
Who is Heroine? And how did you guys start?
Heroine Zine is made up of all the girls who edit, write, draw and design it. We’re lucky to have so many talented women who want to get involved! I actually started the zine as a project for my Creative Writing degree - I only ever wanted to read female authors and female poets because I was tired of the male narratives that dominated our culture. There’s a storytelling structure called the Hero’s Journey, I thought what about the Heroine’s journey? The zine tells women’s stories. I find the submissions we get really inspiring. We’re accepting submissions for Issue #4 at the moment, so get in touch with your stories, poems, art, articles…anything!
What are your aims for Heroine?
To showcase creative work of women in Liverpool and beyond! We just want to be able to sustain ourselves as a zine and keep printing, so we can keep on publishing everyone’s work. We’ve really enjoyed throwing the Heroine parties too! The next one is our Poetry-Palooza on May 23rd at Hopskotch Bar :)
Literature and poetry is obviously important to Heroine, is this one of your passions? And why do you think expression through literature is so important for women?
It’s one of our biggest passions.The editorial team have a joke where if we feel like something is unjust or wrong, we throw a poem or a play at it. For us, writing is our biggest tool to tackle the issues that feel so massive we don’t even know where to start. I think literature is important to feminism because it allows us to both explore our world and it’s issues, as well as create new worlds where things are different. What I love about the poetry and prose we’ve had so far in the last three issues is that the writers aren’t afraid to get political, or make a statement. All the pieces are passionate.
You are a self described feminist zine- talk us through your group politics
We want to see more room for women when it comes to creative work - fewer women authors are reviewed than male authors, fewer women given space in galleries, and the list goes on. As well as that, we have a vision for a better form of women’s magazines. It seems like women’s mags often just want to sell us the latest mascara or diet plan, focusing on appearance, money, and following heteronormative ideals. We want to celebrate creative talent rather than try and make women feel bad about themselves so they’ll spend more money with the big corporations.
We put our ‘manifesta’ at the very front of Issue #3, so readers get a better sense of what we’re about! To sum it up, we want the zine to be accessible and inclusive to all women. We’ll always aim to be more intersectional, and consider all the forms of inequalities our society faces. The most important to thing to us is to support each other as women!
Has creating Heroine helped develop your political vision?
It has, but it can be daunting as well, because putting a zine together and presenting peoples work is such a solid and permanent thing to do. The messages and words that you print and put across in your zine are out there for good! But overall when we go through the editing process, we publish the work that we feel fits in with Heroine’s values the most.We get submissions covering all sorts of issues that make us see things in a new light too. The article we published in #3 about becoming more ethical had me really thinking about how I could live more ethically too, for example!
Have you guys faced any hostility about the zine or do you find people pretty supportive?
No, we’ve been lucky. We have a really supportive community. A few men have been like ‘we want to submit something!’ which is lovely too, because everyone’s getting involved! We always publish women first and foremost, but if we got a great article or poem that stuck to what Heroine is about from a guy, we’d want to publish it.
Apart from the zine, I hear you guys have some pretty rad projects coming up-what should we be looking out for?
More events; poetry nights, film screenings and the like, and then the next issue hopefully can be released in August. Abi Inglis, a Heroine editor, has been working with Writing on the Wall Festival, and they are hosting some amazing events celebrating women. The Top Girls series at Siren Café starts on May 7th, and continues with different speakers throughout May,and Funny Girls, a female comedy night, is on May 24th. You can check it all out here:
We know you love zine culture- name 5 other zines we should investigate:
1) Sugar Paper Zine - a zine of 20 things to make and do! @SugarPaperzine
2) Cherry Zine - a really new zine just like us, and just a treat to flick through online. @cherry_mag
3) Adventures In Menstruating- We picked this up at Sheffield Zine Fest, after making some red felt period stain badges! a must read for all those who menstruate :P
4) The Chapess - tackles some really important issues with a lot of feeling. Definitely check it out. @thechapesszine
5) ‘your pretty face is going straight to hell’ - like reading a diary! In fact you are reading her diary - which I really admire. Plus, she is in a band with the best name ever. Sean Bean Death Scene.
What’s the fluffy cat called?
We haven’t named her yet! But her ancestors were involved in The Cat and Mouse Act… Maybe we’ll call her Jett after the suffragettes.